St. John
St. John

St. John

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stjohnrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 020 7251 0848
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00PM - 3:00PM; Sunday: 1.00PM - 3:00PM

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Executive Chef: Chris Gillard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Room for up to 18 guests. Entire site can be hired for between 110 (Sit down meal) or 250 (Informal Dinning)
  • Private Party Contact: Renata Galli 020 7553 9844

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Charterhouse Street
  • Public Transit: Farringdon
  • Parking: No
A word from St. John
Fergus Henderson’s original home of “Nose to Tail Eating” opened in a former smokehouse around the corner from Smithfield Market in 1994.

Celebrating the finest of indigenous British produce and making the most of what is seasonally best whilst applying straight forward cooking techniques, St. John is now celebrated as one of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World and in 2009 was awarded its first Michelin Star.

Nose to tail eating means that, where appropriate, every part of the animal should be put to good use in the kitchen and so along with Roast Beef and Lemon Sole, diners will find Rolled Pig’s Spleen, Kidneys and Ox Heart, Liver and Chitterlings as well as the Roast Bone Marrow & Parsley Salad, something of a ‘signature’ dish.

Whilst often cited as not a restaurant to take a vegetarian too, the kitchen source and prepare dishes for vegetarians with the same amount of studiousness as they do the meat, fish and poultry and desserts.
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St. John reviews from OpenTable diners
437 reviews since 24 October 2013
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambience3.9
    Value3.8
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (275)special occasions (171)business meals (113)group bookings (72)sunday lunch (70)outstanding value (63)romance (50)brunch (30)pre/post theatre (27)outdoor eating (15)child friendly (15)good vegetarian options (10)afternoon tea (6)geschäftsessen (1)gruppenbuchungen (1)passend für feinschmecker (1)top preis-leistungsverhältnis (1)Show More
  • phm01
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    our server was too busy (cut an entire pig) with a large table to serve correctly our table
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cubbybuthappy
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    Dine at St John often and have never been disappointed. The pigeon and trotter pie shared with my guest was outstanding. Diners are usually well spaced so a good venue to talk without being too overheard. Service spot on - attentive, but not overly so, and knowledgeable. Would recommend a visit; the menu is always good, and if the pie is on, a real treat. Looking forward to my next visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, flawlessly prepared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    St. John takes everything from the animal, all lowly bits and pieces, and creates something exceptional from them. Truly great execution by the chefs working with a very welcoming staff to create a great dinner. Their wines are good and, as the food itself, very reasonably priced, considering quality and taste. Truly recommendable.
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  • underwhelming
    kardenalmendoza
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    seasonal cuisine, lack of fixed menu, using all parts of the animal are all to be applauded. communal dining setup is very pleasant and the ambiance is great. service simple but more than sufficient. food however was a little underwhelming.
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  • A must...........
    grace
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We made reservatons for 9PM and arrived early to have a cocktail.. The Hostess Squeezed us in a bit early.. Our wait staff amazing...she was from Spain...a cute and very personable we will be back
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • huntyap75
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Food was outstanding. Service. What service. Server just took our order. Never came back to check to see if everything was good or we needed anything. We all have bad days but she was taking care of all her other tables so I'm a little mind boggled to why we were treated so poorly.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top 3 London Restaurant
    EDP73
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This is a real Top 3 London Restaurant, outstanding place.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Lovely
    KatrinaL
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Love it! The food, simple with pure flavors, great wine and so nice staff!
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    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy, loud and friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The food was interesting and had a lot of flavor. The recommended wine fit perfectly. Our waitress had a little too many tables
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • St John
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    JUst an excellent dining experience. Atmosphere and food in perfect balance.
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  • Not a good experience
    PEster
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    Service is great, except reception. Oh boy is the man unfriendly! Table service excellent. Food over cooked sloppy presentation, you don't feel like eating it. It is like being back at boarding school. I don't know why one would want to go there. The philosophy is noble and well worth supporting. But really..... Bad cooking!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Disappointing
    Bella
    Dined on 22/9/2014
    2 of the main meals were average - very little meat on the teal was quite under cooked. All desserts bar one were delivered and was told 6 mins for the last one. Cancelled order after 15 mins.
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  • St John gets better and better
    LizRVIP
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    This is a great place for a relaxed Sunday lunch.......
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    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • Dinner date
    Andrew
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Great food, not too expensive. Friendly staff. Would go back happily. If you don't order too much alcohol you can get away with £40 per person for shared starter, individual main and desert.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit to St John's.
    WigWam
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    The staff could neither have been more friendly nor helpful. The plainly decorated, furnished, but comfortable surroundings added to the whole dining experience. The food came quickly, was well presented and the menu in itself is entertaining. The kid neck was outstanding - the lemon granita with Russian vodka historic! Reasonably priced and well worth a second and third visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • St. John is outstanding
    EDP73
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    By food quality this is really one of the best restaurant in London and I tried really many restaurants in London. This restaurant deserves really its fame for food, everything is literally OUTSTANDING.
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    brunch, business meals, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • It is what it's supposed to be
    Datsme
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    Unadulterated English fare from the man that changed the way chefs cook
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • flashes of usual brilliance but...
    zimstockVIP
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    I'd say that this second visit to St John's was mildly disappointing. While some of the dishes display the expected brilliance from a kitchen run by a chef's chef, some were rather common and not really up to scratch. The service was ok but our waiter was not that friendly (cultural thing perhaps?) although, most importantly, they were helpful and relatively prompt. On the food, the bread remains a culinary phenomenon. The venison soup served was ethereal and perhaps one of the best meat soups I have ever had. The bone marrow remains a signature dish but my wife's squid was a bit, may I say, nothing special. Two main courses were really not up to snuff (ox liver &crumbed veal accompaniment). Rabbit was great though! Expect better.
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  • Never disappoints
    Prangler
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    I eat at St John two or three times a year and always look forward to it. Despite that anticipation the restaurant never disappoints. The ambiance is intentionally utilitarian, and that's fine. Everything has already been said about the food, which is deceptively simple. Don't go expecting twizzles and foams, this is not the place for that. Instead, expect perfectly prepared, intensely flavoured and substantial food. There is an emphasis on bits of animal (furred, finned or fowl), and an emphasis on the non-meat bits. There are usually one or two dishes that is suitable for vegetarians. I can't tell whether the food is getting better or my memory is getting worse. Either way, the food is excellent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little pricey for quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    We enjoyed our meal, but it was not Michelin Star blow your socks-off. The dessert (a bread pudding with "butterscotch" sauce, was lackluster. I would definitely go again, but the place is quite loud (no soft surfaces to reduce the noise level), and a bit pricey for the actual meals we had.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    very good experience again.something nice where quality and originality not change.
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  • Enjoyed many times...
    CBNBVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    ...but I'm sincerely sorry to say our recent visit was not great. Disappointing mince on toast and devilled kidneys well over cooked, service poor. Sorry guys, I'm sure this was just an off day.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monday supper
    Chris
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    As always, the food was excellent. Their specialist starter, bone marrow, was superb, and the wines excellent. It was a little spoiled this time by the poor service. We had to ask four times for water before it was served and our waitress never smiled (a new person came later and was good).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Becka
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Oxtail and mash for main was delicious and the Welsh rarebit on the side, although random, was great, especially with the Lea and Perrins to accompany it. Crab on toast to start was a decent sized portion but nothing special and the baked cheesecake was slightly watery - pretty upsetting considering the pricetag. Most upsetting was the service. Things started off fine but after we politely asked where our wine was halfway through our starter, we must have somehow offended her because she barely cracked a smile for the rest of the evening. Food was served without a murmur and the dessert menu was practically slammed on the table. Whilst the food was good, I think I'll stick to bread and wine from St John in the future.
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  • Hearthy British food!
    InnSi
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    I always loved this place, and it stays like this. Nothing will change my mind. This time the food was a bit tasteless, looked quite unfinished in my plates. The parsley salad was just not the same, and my lamb tongues were having just like a boiled tastes.
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  • Disappointing
    Acecannon
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    We went here for a birthday meal but this was probably a mistake as it's not really a destination for a special event. The food was ok but nothing special and I feel I might not be sophisticated enough to appreciate the simplicity of it. The main problem, however, was the service, which was not what you would expect from a Michelin restaurant. I did not feel our waitress was particularly interested in her job or the food. Talking to us or explaiining about a dish seemed like too much hard work and too many things were forgotten: water, champagne and desserts. I don't know if it was an off night but there just seemed to be a lack of care or interest in the customers. I'd recommend going but sit in the bar, not the main dining area.
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  • Excellent...again!
    S1monB
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    The ambience at St. John is fantastic, it has a great buzz whilst you can still enjoy conversation with your friends or colleagues. The food is wonderful and cannot be faulted and the wine list provides plenty of choice for various budgets. Will definitely be returning again...!
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  • Careless food carelessly served
    Integius
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    The server was not just formal but actually glum. He really didn't want to advise us about the vegetables we should order presuming we should have worked that out. He's probably got some regular/favourites who he'd rather have served. We had the special steak pie for two. The crust looked rustic (and burnt around the edges) enough, and the piece of bone in the middle, acting as the pie funnel was rustic. Break through the hard thin crust and eh voila. A few pieces of not very tender meat floating in a lumpy natural coloured beige/grey sauce devoid of taste. We struggled to pretend it was enough for two.
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  • Very disappointing
    Bergencouple
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    We were looking forward to celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary at St. John, after receiving recommendations from several friends. We might have been unlucky, but the experience was a major let down. Average service, average food. One of the main courses (grouse) tasted just awful. On a positive note it should be said that St. John is not very expensive for a Michelin starred restaurant. But then again, it doesn't deserve the star, if I should judge from our experience.
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  • An interesting experience
    FridayNightDinerVIP
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    This was my boyfriend's choice for his birthday dinner as he wanted to try something new. The food was really delicious and it was good to try cuts of meat we wouldn't normally eat. There was a slightly noisy child in the restaurant still at half 9, which took away from the ambience a little but otherwise was a good evening. The desserts were particularly good.
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  • Plain food not plain.
    Raymaker
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    A visit to St. John is an experience, you are served exactly what it says on the menu, the surprise is just that. It is basic food that some restaurants may not usually serve up, but cooked very well, nothing over complicated, but presented just right. I was well full when i left the restaurant. The only downside is that it is noisy, you just have to talk louder.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    foodielondoner
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    I admired the philosophy behind the restaurant and had heard great things fro therecentobserver food magazinefor instance and hence have been meaning to visit. We were soexcited about the visit. However the excedingly rude and arrogant staff members made the meal awkward. We felt unwelcomed ( perhaps we didnt fit their clientile profile of sophisticated media types with inside jokes or ironic beards). The staffwere unhelpful andunplesant. I felt embarrased to havebrought myparents there. Never again. Ps I have recommended the restaurant for veggie options as a joke, since there is nooption for ' not recommended'.
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  • A wonderful experience!
    Foodie56
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience --- the service was excellent, the ambience just what we needed, and the food was delicious!
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  • Guzzles
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Wonderful to encounter a beautiful aesthetic free from distracting frills. English cooking at its very best. I would recommend it to serious eaters.
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  • Michael
    Michael
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    For a restaurant that sells itself on "nose to tail" cuisine the menu was less than adventurous but outrageously expensive for what was after all offal. Soggy craclkling is inexcusable at these prices. The lack of imagination spread to the accompaniments to the mains. One vegetable, lacking in taste and with a bland sauce. Those who thought "marrow" might mean marrowbone were sadly disappointed by the appearance of the vegetable of the same name. The side order veg was reminiscent of Mrs Beaton. The sommeliers tried her best but her colleagues let her down - inattentive waiters more intent on strutting their stuff than attending to their customers. The canteen design means that conversation soon becomes impossible as the volume increases.
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  • Great Service Matches Great Food
    WJeff
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    The service was fantastic. I always judge service when a second glass of wine comes in time to enjoy with the main meal. Our waitress anticipated my request and delivered the wine to be enjoyed with the excellent food.
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  • always good to try something new
    KatieVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    We went here for my boyfriends birthday as he had always wanted to go. We were not disappointed, the food was lovely and the services was great.
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  • Only go if you dont have to pay
    MStar
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A Foodie place with mediocre service in a casual environment. Does not make you feel like you have or will have a great experience. Food presentation is basic - very basic almost not caring and dishes are not complete.
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  • Lamentable
    javisa1402
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    El restaurante más sobrevalorado que he estado en mi vida.Comida simple y mal ejecutada.Caro.
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  • St. John - Brilliant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Brilliant food by a master chef. Extremely professional staff. I've long wanted to visit St. John and it surpassed all my expectations.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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